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Editorial: Your stake in the high court

In the first-ever national telephone conference open to rank-and-file Democratic Party voters across the country July 12, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pledged that Senate Democrats would use every tool, including the filibuster, to block any Supreme Court nominee who is outside of the mainstream.

Communists rally (& sing) in Chicago

CHICAGO — The 28th National Convention of the Communist Party USA was regarded as a success in almost every way. Close to 500 delegates and guests came together on the Fourth of July weekend to discuss events of the day and to share a fighting spirit of resistance to the right-wing corporate assault on working people’s lives.

Time to roll up our sleeves for Medicare for All bill

It’s time to roll up our sleeves and help mobilize broad support for HR 676, the “Expanded & Improved Medicare for All” bill, introduced by Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and endorsed by 50 other congresspersons.

Unnamed leak shocker: White House denies leaking denial

WASHINGTON — An unnamed White House source last night vigorously denied leaking classified information about a CIA operative, sending the White House scrambling to identify the source of the leaked denial.

The housing bubble

“The worldwide rise in house prices is the biggest bubble in history. Prepare for the economic pain when it pops.” That’s the subhead in a special report in The Economist, a leading conservative business journal. From Business Week to The New York Times to, most likely, your hometown newspaper, articles about the housing bubble are becoming common.

Solidarity strong for Southwest miners

TUCSON, Ariz. — Over 1,500 workers have been forced out on strike by the unfair labor practices of ASARCO Inc., a mining and smelting company.

World Notes

S. Africa: Metalworkers to strike; India: Communists lead protests; Canada: Victories against Wal-Mart; Haiti: Working-class neighborhoods attacked; Argentina: Worker cooperative gains in court

Protests mark 1-year of ruling on Israeli wall

Protests rocked several Palestinian villages and towns July 9 to mark the first anniversary of the World Court ruling that Israel’s “separation barrier” is illegal and should be dismantled. At least one Palestinian, a 15-year-old boy, was shot dead by Israeli troops, and many more were injured.

G8 falls short on Africa aid, environment

The Group of Eight (G8) countries concluded their Gleneagles, Scotland, meeting July 8 amidst much fanfare surrounding their consensus on global warming and aid to Africa, but anti-poverty and environmental activists were less than impressed with the outcome.

80-ton Friendshipment heads to Cuba

Trucks, cars and buses headed to McAllen, Texas, July 2 as the 16th U.S.-Cuba Friendshipment Caravan got on its way. The caravan, which will travel along 14 routes through 130 cities, is carrying humanitarian supplies destined for the Cuban people. Such aid will no doubt be especially helpful this year in view of the damage wrought by Hurricane Dennis.

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